Centre for Continuing Education

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History Course

Jewish culture. Learn about Jewish culture with us.

In partnership with the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Course materials developed by The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning - a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For specific enquiries regarding the program, please contact Hinda Young on 0432 567 917.

Aims

This course aims to explore the impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify key moments in Jewish History that impact the Jewish collective memory
  • understand the significant impact of Jewish collective memory on the current and future status of worldwide Jewry.

Content

This course addresses the important role of collective national memory in the ongoing development and adaptation of Judaism throughout the generations.

  • What do we remember and why?
  • How are national memories formed and preserved?

The course opens with the Bible’s directive to remember the attempted Jewish national genocide perpetrated by Israel’s archenemy, Amalek. The next three lessons each explore significant historical periods and the memories formed around them: reflections on the Spanish expulsion, recollections of Poland just before and following the Shoah, and the State of Israel as envisioned by its founders and as experienced by its citizens today.

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone interested in exploring the Jewish approach to memory and history.

Delivery style

This 4-week course centres around text study and discussion between participants and the facilitator.

Materials

You will be provided with a course booklet during the first class.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History Course

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